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We need a credible opposition

For the functioning of a healthy democracy, we need a strong and credible opposition. Congress keeps on continuing with Rahul Gandhi as the party’s Vice-President and he always proves to be a sitting duck for the BJP. Party workers ridicule him and easily score a point and the Congress is not taking any preventive steps to stop this act.

Young and good leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot should be groomed for bigger roles in the party. Rahul Gandhi should not be sidelined or insulted, he can continue to remain as just another vice-President, in charge of organizational affairs. Jyotiraditya can become an active VP leading the party from the front. Rahul Gandhi seems to suffer from some psychiatric or psychological disorder. We cannot allow him to stand as an obstacle to a credible and proper opposition.

NCP President Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh have past their prime and cannot be expected to lead an opposition. It was surprising that former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge’s name was nominated as the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, overlooking the far more competent Kamal Nath who was the former urban development minister. If the Congress thinks that if they recommend some other politician’s name for the opposition leader then he may sit over or run away with the party’s fund. You cannot have selfish people blocking a national opposition. It is not about whether Congress gets the leader of opposition post but the lack of a national opposition. The Congress with 44 seats in the Lok Sabha has emerged as the second largest party after the BJP with 282 seats, but fell short by 11 to stake claim for the LoP, for which a strength of 55 is required. The party has been making strong bid for the post of Leader of opposition. Ruling BJP has opposed it saying Congress does not have the requisite 10 per cent seats (55 seats) to stake claim and questioned why Congress did not give the LoP status previous seven times when it was in power.

Communists have lost credibility. AAP are trouble makers it might fill up the vaccum of the opposition party due to the foolish actions of the Congress which will be unfortunate. Congress leaders should prevail upon Sonia and Rahul to become “margdarshaks” of the party, allowing other efficient leaders to lead the party and become a credible and effective opposition. Though Sonia Gandhi has been leading the party since a long period of time but she does not understand the prevalent Indian political ethos and its complications. Whoever will join with her will be pursuing his own selfish interest which is harmful for both Congress and the nation.

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